On Wednesday and Thursday this week we worked hard to finish up all the pieces for our Wizard of OZ storyboard/game board and complete all our crafts.
Over the course of four days the children completed a storyboard that depicted.
They also created crafts for the main characters:
We used various techniques from colouring to paper mache and we had fun while we learning all about this classic tale.
As I took the children in groups of 4 to put together their master pieces I asked them to help me retell the story by asking them simple question:
Where did the story begin?
What happened that caused Dorothy's house to be lifted up?
Who did the house land on?
Who was glad that the witch was dead?
Which witch gave Dorothy the shoes?
...until we reached the Emerald Castle!
I was surprised by how much some of them retained and when I got tired and asked them for the Good Witch of the North before the munchkins they quickly pointed out my mistake! LOL!
Although the Aunties and I are tired we are all happy! Happy that we have made the children curious about this wonderful classic. Happy that we have shared the joy of reading and creating. Happy that we all had a wonderful incident free camp experience.
Each child received a copy of The Wizard of OZ and I hope that the children know this - just like Dorothy, the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion they already have everything that they need to succeed.
Thank You to Aunty Chrsitiana for her contributions to the prop creations and thank you to Aunties, Joanna, Adesha, Kiara and Mikaylah for their assistance in ensuring that the children were safe, had a great time and completed all their crafting. It takes a village to raise a child and a wonderful team to BRING THE BOOK BACK!
We spent most of our day today colouring and crafting the various pieces for our storyboards/game boards. The children got an early start creating their Dorothy craft and adding bricks to those wonderful yellow brick roads. I was very impressed by the younger children's ability to follow instructions and pick up on the pattern of drawing the bricks. We also coloured our witches and munchkins and used sponges to paint Dorothy''s old house.
My two older campers demonstrated some excellent team work today. They tasked themselves to complete the Emerald City and asked for the instructions to do so. I began to give them the measurements for each rectangle that they would roll into cylinders to create the castle.
Little Lady #1 - "Aunty why does craft have to have Math in it. I don't like centimeters!"
Little Lady # 2 - "I don't mind measuring, I don;t like to cut!'
They then decided that since one didn't like centimeters :) and one didn't like cutting they were the perfect team. Little Lady # 1 cut out all the rectangles drawn by Little Lady # 2.
Tomorrow we will go through the story again as we piece together our storyboards. The older children will spend some time thinking up some tricky questions for their game boards. I am so excited to see the joy on the children's faces as they begin putting together all the individual pieces they have worked on to create their final story board.
Of course, we also had some outdoor fun today blowing bubbles and drawing with sidewalk chalk. Take a look at the pictures. Once again notice how the children relate what they learn back to play. Unprompted some seemed to be drawing a road...the yellow brick road perhaps?
I have never quite understood why people dread Mondays. It's just another day right? LOL! Today Murphy tried his best to change my outlook on Magnificent Monday but he didn't! How could he when all my campers showed up eager to hear all about The Wonderful Wizard of OZ!
As you all know, The Wonderful Wizard of OZ is quite a lengthy story especially for a bunch of excited campers ready to JUMP IN and explore all the props in the room. To tell the story I used two books; The Story of The Wizard of OZ and The Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum - adapted by Daisy Alberto.
Why two books? Well The first did a great job of summarizing the story but in doing so left out 2 key things; Glinda the good witch and the fact that the Wizard of OZ was no wizard at all!
The children seemed to absolutely enjoy the part of the story where Dorothy throws a bucket of water on the witch and she melts! They were also very good and remembering the sequence in which she met the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion.
After we read the story we went into my favourite part JUMP IN! All the key elements in the story of the story were propped and the children were allowed to explore. We walked the pages from Kansas to OZ and down the yellow brick road to the Emerald Castle where the Wizard resides.
After the excitement of JUMP IN we took a break for lunch and then it was on to painting our yellow brick roads! Everyone's yellow brick road is wonderfully different. Tomorrow we will improve on it by adding bricks and definition. Later in the afternoon the children crafted some smaller pieces for their storyboards/game boards and got to use GLITTER! (sorry not sorry! lol)
Tomorrow we will craft Dorothy and the Scarecrow and continue to build our storyboards/ game boards!
When I asked Aunty Joanna to capture our indoor play, where the children got to go on stage and continue to explore, she was a bit skeptical. I wanted this to be captured because I heard the children telling their own stories while playing and I enjoyed seeing them run down the yellow brick road and talk to the characters. They were immersed in the story and using their imagination! What a wonderful thing!
WE BRING BOOKS TO LIFE!